This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible. For the purposes of BGA Extra (but not BGA, since that is too early in the week), we also review the coaches film. Statistics from PFF which are not available to subscribers were used in the completion of this article and we thank them for providing us with exclusive access to these.

Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from Bent's Game Analysis during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about Sunday's game against the Bucs. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read my BGA game breakdowns every Monday and leave your question in the comments section.

BenNevisI agree that Cromartie looked bad during a number of plays, but to what extent to do you think the game plan (to stop the run) contributed to Jackson's success and Cro's woes? In other words, do you think the game plan dictated the soft coverage that allowed VJ to get separation on Cro?

Definitely having him leave a bit of a cushion was gameplan-related. As you'll note, I mentioned a trap coverage late in the game where Wilson dropped off from the slot to the outside receiver and Cromartie dropped off, so to some extent that was an established tendency. Cromartie doesn't get off the hook that easily though, he completely missed his jam at the line on one third down conversion and was beaten easily on the 40-yarder, again failing to slow him down with legal contact - this time off the line of scrimmage.

LabeasySo what is the thought on Kyle Wilson? I always thought he was decent but yesterday noticed that people were bashing him. Am I missing something?

Wilson has been somewhat of a disappointment having been drafted in the first round three years ago and isn't the most popular player on the team. People get frustrated with him getting confused between man/zone assignments, failing to turn his head around and celebrating on plays where he was beaten but the pass was off the mark. He's improved his physicality since he was a rookie, but sometimes overdoes it. In the game, he was targeted three times and all three were incomplete, but again, he may have been a bit lucky on one or two of those. Strip away the first round expectations though and he's a solid third or fourth cornerback, one of a handful on the active roster. It's important that he's as good in the slot, because Darrin Walls and Ellis Lankster are better on the outside.

Disgruntled Jets FanAny thoughts on Marty's playcalling?

It's a little early to know which plays will be staples of the offense and therefore to make too much of a big deal over play selection. It's also too early to get a read on where tendencies will be developed and what plays they can make to capitalize on those. I wasn't overly frustrated with or enthused about the playcalling, but I was pleased with the execution. In terms of specific plays, I liked the quick third down throw to Powell in the flat. While a lot of people criticized the Kerley toss play because it failed, I didn't think it was a bad idea - just well defended. That play came after Kerley suffered his head injury, so it's possible he might have made a better read with a clear head.

The gameplan was a little conservative, but I'm absolutely fine with that. They probably haven't fully installed everything yet - or at least were working on a tailored gameplan.

tishIt was obvious that both teams concentrated on shutting down the run and each was very effective. How much of the Jets' running difficulties appeared to be the result of ineffective OL play vs. excellent D?

As I alluded to in the article, you can never really know whether you were stopped by a top-level defense or you have issues of your own until a few games into the season. However, even though they lost Michael Bennett in the offseason, the Bucs' record from last year speaks for itself and the fact Gerald McCoy was so disruptive is perhaps less concerning when you consider that he did this to everyone last year and that there aren't many like him in the league. The line does need to develop chemistry, but that was the case early in the season over the last few years too.

Big ChrisI was at the game and on a number of different pass plays, particularly in the first half, it looked like Geno had a few opportunities to take a shot down the field and either didn't see the open receiver or elected not to throw it. When you get the coaches film could you shed some more light into the passing game and the kind of chunk plays this offense will need to be successful?

Yes, from watching the film, I saw examples of him seeing an opportunity but not taking the risk, failing to see the opportunity and well-schemed plays where the deep routes acted as a clear-out for the underneath options.

Fancy some examples?

First off, here's Jeff Cumberland running a post pattern down the middle. The defender, on his heels slightly, wasn't able to get across in time, so it was worth a throw down the middle and probably not very risky. Smith is looking at this, but opts to scramble straight ahead for three. He might have got more than that by dumping the ball to the right flat too.

This is the play where Smith scrambled for 13. As you can see, Clyde Gates is running a crossing route and is waving for the ball at the 21 yard line with nobody on him. While Smith picked up the first down, had he been able to look up and see Gates, it should have been an easy throw for a touchdown.

This isn't a downfield pass, but serves as an example of Smith not always taking the best option. He doesn't see Holmes open in the slot for an easy 5-10 yards, maybe more if he can break a tackle, instead opting to throw to the outside receiver (Gates) who is blanketed by Revis.

Finally, Stephen Hill does a great job of avoiding the jam here at the snap and is pretty much open from the get-go. However, Smith is aware that there's a safety in the middle of the field. He instead throws down the middle to Kerley who almost makes a tough catch.

WW85How many times did we throw deep?

According to the NFL definition of "deep", Smith was 4-for-8 for 86 yards and threw deep one other time on the Cumberland penalty. However, on throws more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, he was 0-for-2 (his first completion, to Kerley and his last to Winslow were his longest throws, but these were both caught less than 20 yards downfield.)

'NYCPE'inGermanyIf you treat last night's QB rushing stats as if it were a college game (subtract the sack yardage the Bucs had from Geno's rushing total), how many yards would he have been credited with and what would his YPA have been? Trying to see if his rushing output last night - if treated as they do in college - were comparable to his college rushing stats.

He would have had 11 carries and five yards - less than a half-yard per carry.

jetsfan74It would also be interesting to see a snap count breakdown of which receivers Revis covered.

Cumberland = 1 snap, Gates = 7, Hill = 8, Holmes = 27, Kerley = 6, Powell = 1, Smith = 2, Spadola = 3

BleedsGreen&WhiteIs Tone in someones doghouse? He didn't play much.

He actually made some comments about that today, although they were somewhat contradictory. He basically said he wanted to play more but was glad that they won, so it didn't matter. Then he also said he doesn't expect to play as much when Kerley is healthy so he isn't sure that will happen tomorrow. He played 44 snaps.

a57se How did Howard start the season last year?

He struggled badly at the start of the year. Cameron Wake beat him outside over and over again. However, he really turned a corner from that point onwards.

Gang Green CaptainI want a gif of Colon blocking them 3 guys NOW! NOW NOW NOW

Your wish is my command. I think this is my best work...

1/12/69-OrangeBowlI thought Gates would be more of a factor in this game and also moving forward. I wasn't at the game, just got the TV view. I'd like to know if Gates created separation and got open, or was he covered well?

You'll note from the examples above that he was open on one play and well-covered on another. There was one other play where the announcers highlighted him running open on a post pattern and calling for the ball, but Smith did not make the throw. I guess we should expect a bigger role with Kerley out.

canizare1

It seemed to me during the game that Geno may have been playing overly cautious. He seemed to be somewhat tentative going to his first read and was generally trying to either check down, or buy himself time so he would have a clear lane to make a throw from someone finding space during a scramble situation rather than make a rhythm/timing throw. Did you happen to notice this? Was the Bucs coverage that tight or was he trying to make sure he avoided mistakes?

As shown from the examples above, there were some gaps in their defense that he was unable to exploit, but I'm sure that he was being cautious as you described and that this was part of the gameplan.

ReprocityWas Revis playing man or zone more and did they run any crossing routes or comeback routes at him? I thought the quick slants worked to his favor since it's such a short pass. Were there more challenging routes they could have ran at him?

He played a little of both. I don't blame them for going after the quick slants, because as long as you account for anyone dropping off it's usually a safe throw where you can see whether the receiver is open or not. That's certainly somewhere that Revis has given up yardage in the past. Even though he's one of the best at covering it, that's one of the higher percentage and tougher to cover routes out there. They forced Revis to run at times, but were reluctant to test him down the field, as anticipated. They could have tested him more, but I think they were more than happy to just run a few safe passes in his direction just to ensure the Bucs couldn't be certain they weren't avoiding him altogether.

NewSCThink they will start rotating in Winters as they did with Vlad last season? Also wondering, were there any runs outside the hashes, other than the Kerley wildcat? I don't recall seeing any.

Based on what I saw in preseason, Winters simply isn't ready and would get eaten alive. However, hopefully he will improve over time and make up for the time he lost and any physical effects from his injury that slowed his progress, so maybe this will happen at some point. I doubt they would want him to enter his second season with no experience at all, so it will be interesting to see what happens if they are involved in some blowouts or if they fall out of contention.

The ran four times off-tackle, for 19 yards. Two of these were runs which started off outside and then cut back and one started off up the middle and was bounced outside.

a57seDid MM keep the running plays the Jets have done best on over the last couple seasons or did he scrap the old completely?

I believe it was Brandon Moore who once said that pretty much every team in the league runs variations of the same five basic running plays. The Jets used the "blast" play, which was a staple of the Jets running game under Schottenheimer and was also used under Sparano, extensively in preseason. I haven't seen them run the "swerve" yet though.

M_SlenderI'm not sure if it was visible on tv, but being at the game we saw a lot of plays where it seemed like to us, there were open receivers downfield and Smith didn't see them or didn't throw to them for whatever reason. is this something that you can review?

See the examples higher up.

Phil TI know this all about the Jets, but I am curious on how many snaps did Revis play? I believe it was 50-60%.

55. He was rested on 22. What a slouch.

jetsfan74Can you tell us how often Geno faced 8 in the box? I'm guessing they were focused on stopping the run. Where they moving a safety down? Is that why the middle of the field seemed to be where Geno was completing his "longer" passes, and is why Winslow had a great game?

No, I would attribute that mostly to them drawing the safeties out of the middle by running clear-out routes.

Out of 77 snaps, the Bucs had a safety in the box (within eight yards of the line of scrimmage) on 31. They also had a safety covering up on the slot man (therefore in better position to help with the run) on another six.

a57seWhat was their longest drive? I don't think they moved the ball more then 40 yards on any one drive...

The three field goal drives went 55, 65 and 50 yards. The touchdown drive was only 31 yards, but they went backwards on their first play, so they actually had to travel 49 yards from that point.

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Thanks for your questions! I'll be back with a BGA Preview tomorrow and to BGA the game itself on Friday.

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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(William Hauser)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Dylan Donahue, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Daily News Live: Hack Attack 00:02:52
As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:03:01
Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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Daily News Live: Bowles' future 00:04:48
The Daily News Live panel discusses what Todd Bowles can do to save his job and if he is the right coach to lead a rebuilding effort.

 

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Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Florham Park where Todd Bowles allowed his team to remove pads during practice on Wednesday.

 

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Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:01:46
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

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SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased with the team's most recent practice.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets. 

"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and former NFL guard Willie Colon are live from Jets training camp in Florham Park. The guys open the show with SNY Jets reporter Jeane Coakley to discuss the biggest storylines from camp. Then, they welcome in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opens up about the troubled start to his NFL career, and how he is a changed man. Later, rookie safety Marcus Maye joins the show to give his thoughts on his first NFL training camp, and how he is adjusting to life in the New York area.

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Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
Atlanta Falcons free safety Robenson Therezie returns a pass interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive back Robenson Therezie after safety Doug Middleton reportedly suffered a torn pec.

Therezie, a 26-year-old free safety, recorded one interception, two passes defensed and 36 combined tackles in 25 games with Atlanta over the past two seasons. He was an undrafted free agent out of Auburn.

Middleton, who was competing for a backup role with New York, recorded six combined tackles and one pass defensed in four games as a Jet last season. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 7-3 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans and is expected to undergo surgery, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

The Jets also announced they waived fullback Algernon Brown, who appeared in eight offensive plays and two plays on special teams on Saturday. He recorded 1,310 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns in four seasons with BYU.

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Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson chats with SNY's Jeane Coakley about the Jets' preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.

 

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This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team.  Today we'll look at defensive lineman Claude Pelon, who was one of the top performers in the Jets' 7-3 win over the Titans in the preseason opener.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time anybody saw Christian Hackenberg in a game was the preseason finale almost a year ago. It was a disaster. He completed just 11 of 31 passes for 54 yards and threw an interception, too.

It was a much, much different and better Hackenberg that the Jets got to see on Saturday night.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) is sacked by New York Jets linebacker Julian Stanford (51) during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Josh McCown threw the Jets' first touchdown of the preseason and the team's defense tallied eight sacks in a 7-3 win over the Titans on Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets kept the Titans out of the endzone for the duration of the game, allowing only a field goal on a five-play, 49-yard drive in the third quarter. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The good news is the Jets really have no choice but to play most of their starters in their preseason opener. Or maybe that's the bad news given the low expectations for this team.

But Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles have promised competition all summer long for almost every job on the roster, and the competition begins for real against the Tennessee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. Not all jobs are up for grabs, of course, but quite a few are.

Here's an inside look at some of the battles and 10 intriguing players to watch:

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Some of the Jets' newest additions, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and S Marcus Maye, had high praise for their new head coach, Todd Bowles. 

Both appeared on SNY's The Jet Stream podcast, and when asked who is most impactful to the Jets this season, Seferian-Jenkins showed love to his coach. 

"I would definitely say, first of all, coach Bowles," Seferian-Jenkins told SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon. "I never had a coach like that, that really just says a real, honest thing. Just tells you the truth. He doesn't want to lie to you, he doesn't want to sugarcoat anything. I think he's a phenomenal coach."

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp to preview their first preseason game of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, August 12.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The memories of Christian Hackenberg from last season are few and not very good. He had two ugly preseason performances and then was buried on the depth chart, only resurfacing to occasionally misfire in practice. His future didn't appear bright at all.

That's why all eyes will be on Hackenberg when the Jets open up their preseason slate against the Tennesssee Titans at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.

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